P.O. Box 197, Mahomet, IL 61853 - 217 897 6716
March 24, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Contact: Robert Nixon 708 258 6176
Cell 815 474 1643
If the pseudo-horse
people and groups have their way, thousands of horses will be slaughtered
in DeKalb, Illinois. The Cavel International, Inc., a Belgium company,
is a horse slaughtering business destroyed by fire in 2002. A new
facility is scheduled to open in March . However, there is a bill
(SB1921) that would ban the slaughter.
The only thing
that can stop this attack on an American icon is for the public
to call their state representative at once and demand they vote
YES for SB 1921.
The bill is
supposed to come up for a vote Thursday or Friday of this week.
Those supporting the slaughter are scurrying around Springfield
pulling out all the stops in trying to kill legislation that would
ban the slaughter. So far, they have convinced many Republicans,
including most leadership and some Democrats to vote NO on this
many credible horse groups support the slaughter and those who oppose
the slaughter are just animal rights extremists.
In fact, over
30 horse and other organizations support the ban including The John
Marshall Law School, Animal Law, Pam Kuhl Horse Transportation,
Drexler Horse Transportation, The Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman's
Association, The Illinois Horseman's Benevolent Protective Association,
The Illinois Harness Horseman's Association, Arlington Park Racecourse,
Hawthorne National Racing Association Fairmount Park, Balmoral/Maywood
Park, Churchill Downs, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, etc.
supporting the slaughter are the department of agriculture who supports
slaughter of farm animals and the AVMA. This is the same AVMA who
recently supported the grinding to death of 300 baby chicks in a
of the slaughter say reopening the slaughterhouse will bring jobs
to Illinois. In fact, Cavel provides 40 minimum wage jobs with a
They say the
slaughterhouse is a humane end to horses. Tell that to the horses
who will be slaughtered while still alive and conscious because
there are no AVMA approved humane devices at the plant.
Texas is the
only other state that allows horse slaughter but the state attorney
general is now in court trying to ban the slaughter.
So please all concerned and especially ALL
ILLINOIS RESIDENTS contact (call, fax, e-mail) as
many Illinois legislators as you can before
Express your strong opinion that Americans do not slaughter or
beloved horses. Horses in American culture are revered as a domesticated,
recreational, favored (not eaten) animals.
VOTE YES ON SB1921
Let's Keep America's Horses In The Stable and Off The Table!!!
Cathleen Doyle, founder
"Keep America's horses in the stable and off the table!"
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